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Jordan L'Abbe

New Westminster BC | V3L 1J1

About me

Born and raised in Vancouver, B.C., I have a wide range of experiences in music - in performance, competition and in teaching. Formal lessons began at the age of 4 and continued to the age of 18 under the guidance of both Marie Cahill and Edward Parker. I completed my ARCT in piano performance in 1995 just before my sixteenth birthday, and completed pedagogical studies with Mr. Parker in 1998. Since that time, I have been teaching privately, and now teach in New Westminster, B.C.

Experience
Piano lessons (or music lessons in general) benefit students in a way that they frequently do not realize until much later. Of all of the educational experiences I have had in my life, I found piano to have been the one item that demanded more time and more discipline than anything else. As a result, I often resented the amount of time I had to spend practicing while my friends in school were allowed to quit... Of course, I am now glad that my mother had the tenacity to make me continue.

Parents of my current students often approach me with the well-intentioned notion that they want their children simply to learn to love music. They hope that by giving them the gift of learning how to play a musical instrument, this love of music will magically take root. This generally holds true for the first few weeks or months of lessons, but as the level of difficulty in mastering new concepts and skills increases, so too does the resistance encountered by the parents when attempting to get their children to practice. Having been a difficult and tenacious student in my own right, I now recognize many of my own childhood behaviours in the students I teach.

The point of all of this? Well - as I was never a student who found self-discipline to be easy, I bring an understanding to the teaching process that not all pedagogues are able to provide. Many teachers were excellent students when they were young, and never put up much of a fight. They seemed to have a natural understanding of the value of what they were learning. This doesn't diminish what they know, nor does it diminish their value as educators. However, it's normal to find the learning process frustrating and difficult, and many students do not learn as easily as many teachers did when they were students. My philosophy is that I teach people before I teach concepts. Making the effort to understand the struggles of each student is a way in which the learning process can be tailored to meet their needs.

Ultimately, self-discipline is needed before anything can be learned well. Each student acquires the self-discipline that they need in a slightly different way. My piano lessons, over several years, gave me the skill set I needed to learn many other new concepts.

I am now a high school French Immersion, Social Studies and English teacher, and am also a Commercially-licenced pilot and Flight instructor. I derive tremendous satisfaction from being able to learn new things, and I enjoy trying to foster the same love of learning in my students. As a bonus, my students gain a musical education at the same time!

The end result is that I eventually did learn the self-discipline I needed later on in life by sticking with something that I found most difficult. To have known teachers who taught me about the process of learning in addition to how to play the piano has been of enormous value to me. I believe that all students, but especially those who struggle with self-discipline in the short term, come to appreciate what they have learned later on.

Specialties

In addition to piano and rudiments, I specialize in Music History, as I enjoy the interdisciplinary connections that can be discussed during the lessons. Students seem to enjoy this too!

Lesson details

Lessons are generally 30 minutes long for beginners (up to RCM grade 5), and then increase in length by 15 minute increments according to the needs of each student.

Education and Accreditation

1995 - ARCT in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto.
1998- Completed RCM pedagogy course with Mr. Edward J. Parker
2002- Completed B.A. in French and English at UBC
2004- Completed M.A. in French language and linguistics at UBC
2004 - Completed B.Ed. in French Immersion Education at UBC
2006 - Completed Private Pilot's licence out of Boundary Bay Airport, Delta BC
2008 - Completed Commercial Pilot's licence out of Boundary Bay Airport
2008 - Completed Flight Instructor Rating out of Pitt Meadows Airport

I am a BC Registered Music Teacher, and a Member of the BC College of Teachers. During my musical training, I participated in many lower-mainland festivals and competitions including those from: BCRMTA, Kiwanis, Burnaby Clef, Music Man, St. Thomas More Chancellor etc.

Testimonials

Experience

more than 10 years

Rates

$50 - $59

Availability

Monday 4pm - 9pm
Tuesday 4pm - 9pm
Wednesday 4pm - 9pm
Thursday 4pm - 9pm
Friday 4pm - 9pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday N/A - N/A

Genre

Classical

Instruments and Subjects

piano

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate

Type of students

Children
Young Adults

Languages

English

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